RMI, Kinexus honored for work training program

    Southwest Michigan talent development and em-ployment successes were among those celebrated by state leaders at the Michigan Works! Impact Awards last week.
    Gov. Gretchen Whit-mer, local legislators, and state-wide talent development officials gathered at the Capitol February 28 to recognize Ralph Moyle, Inc. (RMI), HR Manager Marjorie Curtis, and Michigan Works! Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, powered by Kinexus, for developing a strong, homegrown apprenticeship program.
    RMI, a logistics company in Mattawan, has been providing transportation and warehouse services in the Midwest for more than 50 years. In 2017, RMI approached Kinexus about difficulty finding qualified commercial drivers. The issue was impacting company performance and raising insurance premiums.
    Kinexus and RMI worked with the U.S. De-partment of Labor to develop a 12-month commercial driver’s license apprenticeship program. To support the apprenticeship, RMI applied for a Going PRO Training Fund grant and converted a spare building into a training academy. RMI also hired instructors to manage the training portion of the apprenticeship. Within 18 months, RMI was able to address the talent shortage it faced.
    RMI says the program wouldn’t be successful without HR Manager Marjorie Curtis, known as the glue who holds the company together.
    “Marjorie has helped continue the unique family culture at Ralph Moyle,” said Jon Moyle, chief financial officer at RMI. “Her can-do attitude has helped position the company as a preferred employer for our area. In the current climate companies are competing quite often on company culture, particularly when trying to recruit a younger workforce. Marjorie is instrumental in delivering that culture.”
    The Impact Awards, hosted by Michigan Works! Association, recognize the economic development success being achieved in communities across Michigan. During the event, lawmakers present tributes to dozens of honorees from across the state, including employers, workers, Michi-gan Works! organizations, and partners.
    “Every company needs a leader who knows what needs to happen to make everything work,” said state Sen. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton). “It’s great that RMI has someone like Marjorie working hard to take the company to the next level and committed to making sure the apprentices feel like part of the team.”
    Michigan Works! Asso-ciation is a non-profit membership organization that provides services and support to Michigan’s talent eco-system. For over 30 years, the Association has been the go-to resource for federal, state and local workforce initiatives.
    “It’s impressive that RMI created an apprenticeship program that fixed its workforce issues in just 18 months,” said state Rep. Beth Griffin (R-Mattawan). “Thank you to Kinexus for providing talent solutions to help local companies and congratulations to everyone who worked hard to solve this talent gap.”

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